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We offer breakfast from 7am – 11am, lunch from 12pm – 3pm and dinner from 5pm – 9:30pm, and our kid’s menu. We will also be offering a limited beverage and dessert menu for you to enjoy with your meal. Walk-ins are welcome but we strongly encourage you to make an advanced reservation.

New table layouts will allow guests to maintain separation and spread out around our various indoor and outdoor dining areas. We’re also implementing a host of best practices in the restaurant and our kitchens including appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to ensure a clean, safe dining experience for all.

Read more about our Enhanced Clean & Safe Plan and direct any questions to our restaurant manager Karyn Hart, karynhrushcreeklodge.com, or call 209-379-2373, extension 1551.

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Rush Creek Lodge Dining

The Restaurant at Rush Creek is the main place for you to relax and enjoy an authentic mountain lodge style breakfast or dinner in an atmosphere that is relaxed and friendly, vibrant and sophisticated.  Lunch, Dinner and a Late Night Menu are also available in Rush Creek’s lively Tavern.

The Restaurant offers an expansive dining area with a variety of seating, including intimate booths and areas for larger groups, as well as a spacious outdoor terrace, where you can take in the beauty of the surrounding forest and glorious sunsets.  Dinner reservations are highly recommended during our busier times, so if you plan to have dinner with us please be sure to scroll down this page for the link to reserve your table online.

For special occasions and small group functions, there is also a lovely 750 square foot private dining room with a private terrace. Groups of 15 or more can work with our on-site event specialist to craft a custom menu with expert wine pairings for a spectacular event.

The kitchen is buzzing with energy, putting out amazing dishes and having a fantastic time trying out all sorts of new items in our brick oven.  Restaurant menu items change seasonally to incorporate the finest available local, organic and sustainable ingredients.

We also offer vegetarian selections, gluten-free and vegan alternatives, and we will happily accommodate special food needs to the best of our ability. If you don’t see what you want on the menu, just talk with your server and we’ll figure something out for you.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the quality of our wine list, in which we focus on affordable, yet superb California wines and select choices from other wine regions around the world. Many wines are available by the glass, and our reserve selection will satisfy more demanding palates.

BREAKFAST

Served 7:00am – 11:00am daily.

Get your day started with our scrumptious full-service breakfast and a freshly brewed cup of custom brewed coffee available in the main dining room. We’ve got everything from Rush Creek Classic Breakfast to the traditional Ham & Egg Benedict. Check out our full breakfast menu. You can also book a Bed & Breakfast package for convenience and value.

If you’re in more of a rush, you can just pop into our General Store for latte’s, freshly made breakfast items, and trail supplies.

LUNCH

Served 12:00pm – 4:00pm daily.

Lunch is available in the tavern and open-air covered patio. Whether you want to keep it light and simple with a homemade Chopped salad or try something new and hearty like our Smoked Salmon Melt, you will find something to satisfy every taste on our lunch menu.

On the run to your next adventure? Trail-ready sandwiches, salads, and desserts are made fresh daily for pick up at the General Store. Plenty of snacks and drinks are also ready to throw in your backpack on your way out to explore.

Poolside you will find a fun drink menu, complete with frozen beverages for all ages to enjoy.

**SUMMER BARBECUE temorarily unavailable for summer 2022**

Summer in the Sierra Nevada is not complete without a friendly barbecue, and it’s even more fun barbecuing at Rush Creek’s Pool Bar. Our poolside barbecue includes fresh flairs of timeless classics like Kalua BBQ Pork, Marinated Flank Steak, Guajillo Cauliflower, and Hulu Hulu Chicken. Our Poolside Barbeque including the Hawaiian BBQ and Taco Truck menus rotate nightly so you always have something new to try throughout your stay. Adding to the fun, our custom-crafted Rush Creek Lodge libations are available during the barbecue. Please call our front desk for inquiries about our Summer Barbecue.

Here’s hoping Rush Creek earns a top spot on your list of favorite Yosemite restaurants…

DINNER

Served 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm in winter, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm in summer.

Dinner at Rush Creek is available in the main dining room, tavern, and seasonally on the lodge porch. Crowd pleasers such as burgers, steaks, and seafood share the stage with some of the Chef’s innovative seasonal items. Our local craft beers and wine list focus on affordable yet superb wines from California as well as select choices from other areas of the world. Many wines are available by the glass and our reserve list is strong enough to satisfy more demanding palates.

Dinner reservations

For parties of up to 10 guests, it’s best to use our new online reservation system below.

For parties greater than 10 guests, our Restaurant Manager would love to speak with you personally to help make the ideal arrangements that are best for your group. You can email our restaurant manager Karyn Hart at [email protected], or call 209-379-2373, extension 1551.

You’re also welcome to stop by the host stand upon arrival or email our restaurant team at [email protected] if you’d like some help with advanced planning.  

dinner specials

THAI COCONUT CURRY VEGETABLES   28

ginger, carrot, red pepper, squash, cauliflower, chili peppers, scallion, steamed rice

KING SALMON   30

bok choy, soy-glazed shiitake mushrooms, yuzu ginger butter, sesame seeds

BISON BOLOGNESE  30

rigatoni pasta, parmesan cheese, EVOO

BRISKET RICE BOWL  28

rice, black beans, sweet corn, cotija cheese, chipotle crema, scallions

FISH & CHIPS 28

tempura beer-batter, tartat sauce, lemon wedge

SIDES

GREEN BEANS with pistachio pesto   12

FINGERLING POTATOES with chive butter   12


featured dessert

DULCE DE LECHE CHEESECAKE   12
Brown butter caramel, hazelnuts and confit orange sauce

Soup & Salad

GREEN SALAD   15

cherry tomato, cucumber, radish, red onion, citrus vinaigrette

CAESAR SALAD   18

romaine, parmesan, sourdough croutons, anchovy-parmesan dressing, grilled artichokes

CAPRESE SALAD   18

garden tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, arugula, balsamic reduction, extra virgin olive oil, EVOO

TOMATO & ROASTED GARLIC SOUP   14

baguette

ADD TO ANY SALAD:
avocado 3, chicken 8, steak 13, shrimp 12, salmon 12


small plates

CRISPY FRIED CAULIFLOWER   18

sweet chili sauce

BUFFALO WINGS  18

hot sauce, celery, blue cheese dressing

TUNA POKE   21

ahi tuna, avocado, edamame, pickled ginger, cucumber, seaweed salad, sambal dressing, fried wontons

MINI BRISKET TACOS   19

chipotle-honey BBQ sauce, fresh cilantro-lime slaw, corn tortillas


Sandwich & Entrée

RUSH BURGER*  20

sharp cheddar, brioche bun, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, fries

add: avocado 2, bacon 2, egg 2, tavern sauce 1

SMOKED SALMON MELT 19

salmon salad, harvarti, pepperoncini, rye bread, fries

PHILLY CHEESESTEAK  21

prime rib, onions, peppers, american cheese, fries

LAMB SHAWARMA  21

slow-cooked lamb, pepperoncini, red onion, tzatziki, flatbread

Note: our menus change often to incorporate the finest available seasonal, local, organic and sustainable ingredients, so check with the restaurant to see what’s on the menu during your visit!

*Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.